5/20/2010 Halo novels get reissued
For those gamers who also happen to read and are looking to catch up on their Halo back story before Reach hits, Tor Books has some good news for you. The announced yesterday that they will be updating and rereleasing the first three Halo novels to precede the release of Halo: Reach. The books will be rereleased with new artwork and content. They will also come with a series of short stories that expand on the Halo universe. The first of the three reissues will be Halo: The Fall of Reach. The book is a basis for the upcoming game. It will be avaliable in August 2010.

5/20/2010 Top Gun announced
Paramount Digital Entertainment announced today that they are working on a Top Gun game for the Playstation 3, PC and Xbox 360. The game will be downloadable and is set to be released this summer. It puts players in the role of ace pilot Maverick, who reteams with Goose as they make their way through the Navy's Top Gun Academy program. The games single player will have two modes. The first is a story driven campaign, whose dialogue was written by Jack Epps Jr., the man that wrote the original movie. It will also have a survival mode in which players will battle a never ending onslaught of enemies. The game will also have five multiplayer modes. The multiplayer will feature one of 16 unlockable pilots and a variety of planes. It is being developed by Kuju Entertainment.

5/20/2010 Playdom buys Acclaim
Once a publisher giant, Acclaim has become a shadow of it's former self. They filed for bankruptcy in 2004 and were purchased by Throwback Entertainment. The company was rebooted as a free to play games portal. Today, they were purchased by another free to play games portal, Playdom. They will continue working on their currently untitled Facebook game scheduled to be released this summer. The financial terms for this deal were not given out.

5/20/2010 UFC Undisputed 2010's online mode locked
In what seems to be a growing trend, one more company has announced that key features of their games will be locked. As we discussed on the podcast, EA announced a new plan last week that requires a new code to be able to play their sports games online. If you buy the game used, you have to pay $10 to get a code. Ubisoft announced that it will likely adopt this policy as well. Now, THQ is going to do to with their UFC Undisputed 2010 game. The online training camp and exhibition modes will be locked, and will require a 12 digit code to access.

5/19/2010 Halo: Reach beta extended
Many players across the world logged into their Xbox 360's today expecting to play the Halo Reach beta for a few more hours before it shut down for good. They recieved a pleasent surprise when it did not shut down today. Bungie announced in their website that they are extending the beta one more day. It will shut down at 10 a.m. PDT on Thursday May 20. Players can enjoy as many matches as they can fit in between now and then.

5/19/2010 Dragon Quest IX gets release date
It was in 2006 that Square Enix announced the next installment in the Dragon Quest series, surprising the world by announcing it for the Nintendo DS. About three and a half years after this announcement, the game finally got a release date in the west. The game is set to come out on July 11 in North America and on July 23 in Europe. This entry in the series, entitled Sentinels of the Starry Skies, will take advantage of the DS's touch screen by doing things such as letting players drag and drop items and equipment onto the player, and equiping them in this manner.

5/19/2010 Blizzard to charge for WoW auction service
Blizzard is currently beta testing a way to manage in game auction houses from web browsers and an iPod Touch and iPhone app called the Mobile Armory. They are considering expanding this to other mobile devices. The service will cost $3 a month. Once the service goes live, browsing auctions, receiving notifications when auctions close or players outbid and viewing various character information and status updates will remain free, but bidding and buying out auctions, placing items up for sale, collecting gold. relisting items and cancelling auctions will only be avaliable to those that pay the fee.

5/19/2010 PixelJunk Shooter 2 announced
Q Games has enjoyed quite a bit of success with it's series of Playstation 3 exclusive downloadable games, the Pixel Junk series. Last year's Pixel Junk shooter was no exception to this. It did well enough to warrant it's own sequel. Today, the president of the company, Dylan Cuthbert announced it's sequel. He promised a bigger game with new features. "We're busy implementing all the ideas that were left on the drawing board for the first game to make PixelJunk Shooter 2 as jam-packed full of crazy fun as possible," he said. "I'm pretty sure we won't make a PixelJunk Shooter 3 because everything and the kitchen sink (probably quite literally) is going into this game."

5/18/2010 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier delayed
Tom Clancy fans recieved a bit of bad news today, when Ubisoft announced a delay for Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. The game was previously set to come out this year during the holiday season, though the date was no more specific than that. Ubisoft has pushed the game back to next year. Ubisoft's given reason for this is a "very competitive environment" according to their CEO Yves Guillemot. He said they are hoping for a first quarter launch. The first quarter ends on March 31, 2011.

5/17/2010 Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep gets a release date
The long awaited next installment in the Kingdom Hearts series, Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, finally has a release date. The game is set to come to North American Playstation Portables on September 7. In addition, the game will come with a hardware bundle that features a silver version of the Playstation Portable called Mystic Silver and a 4 GB memory stick. The pack also comes with a movie, though it was not specified what movie that will be.

5/17/2010 Scribblenauts gets a sequel
In a move that surprises no one, developer 5TH Cell is making a sequel to their highly successful Nintendo DS title Scribblenauts. Today, the title of it was revealed by the company, and they shall call it Super Scribblenauts. The new game will expand the word summoning formula established in the first game and add an adjective system that will let players modify the color, size, elements and behaviors of summoned objects.

5/17/2010 Splinter Cell Conviction DLC gets a release date
Fans of the Splinter Cell series waited years for Conviction to come out. It suffered from one delay after another until it was finally released earlier this year. Fans will not have to wait as long for the downloadable content, though. The new downloadable content, titled the Denial Ops Insurgency Pack, is set to arrive on both the Xbox 360 and PC on May 27th. It will cost $10 or 800 Microsoft points. The pack has new cooperative missions spread across four new maps and 250 more achievements points.

5/17/2010 Nintendo partners with American Heart Association
Nintendo wants you to be more active when you are playing games on their system. They signed a deal with the American Heart Association this week that will put the non profit organizations logo on the boxes for Wii games. With this partnership, Nintendo and the American Heart Association are aming to help people "get informed, get empowered and get active." In addition to the logo, Nintendo's system and games will be featured at AHA's Start! Heart Walk events. The two have set up a website you can visit for more information on the partnership and their goals.

5/17/2010 Activision registers Call of Duty domains
After having made the leap from World War 2 to more modern times and then back to the Cold War, it seems that the Call of Duty series is jumping into the future with a future version of the game. Last week, Activision registered a series of domain names that strongly suggest that Call of Duty will be going the science fiction route. They registered callofdutyfuturewarefare.com, callofdutyfuturewarefare2.com and callofdutyfuturewarefare3.com. They also regustered a number of sites that use the word "warefare" without "call of duty." spacewarfare2.com, spacewarfare3.com, secretwarfare2.com, secretwarfare3.com, advancedwarfare2.com, and advancedwarfare3.com were all registered at about the same time.

5/15/2010 Modern Warfare 2 gets more downloadable content
It would seem that, despite Jason West and Vince Zampella being fired and 35 people leaving Infinity Ward since the first piece of downloadable content for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, the team there has been hard at work at a second piece of downloadable content. Dubbed the Resurgance Pack, the new DLC will feature five new multiplayer maps for this game. Unlike the first piece of DLC, all of the maps are brand new. It is coming to the Xbos 360 before the Playstation 3 and PC platforms, and no release date has been announced for these two. That being said, it is set to go up on the Xbox Live Market Place on June 3.

5/14/2010 The PSP gets Hot Shots Tennis
When the Hot Shots sports franchise first expanded from golf to tennis in 2007, the results were unsatisfactory. Critics did not recieve the game well. That is not stoping Clap Hanz from giving it a second try, however. They will expand the series to the Playstation Portable next month with Hot Shots Tennis: Get a Grip. Sony announced today that the game would be coming to their portable system on June 29. One of the playable characters featured in the game will be the iconic Helghast soldier from Guerrilla's shooter series Killzone.

5/13/2010 Alan Wake DLC gets release date
Fans of Remedy Entertainment have been wating as long as seven years to get their hands on the next project from the company. The wait finally ends next week with the release of the Xbox 360 exclusive horror action game Alan Wake. As I posted a while back, it was confirmed that Alan Wake would be recieving downloadable content. Well, that content now has a release date. Remedy posted on their official Twitter account today that the DLC will go up on the Xbox Live Marketplace on June 27. If you buy the game new, you will be able to download it for free, but no pricing was announced for those that buy the game used.

5/13/2010 Mass Effect 2 gets new DLC
If you want more Mass Effect 2, you are getting it. It is recieving a fifth piece of story driven downloadable content in June, and Bioware is saying that it is the "biggest downloadable content pack yet." The DLC will cost you $7.00 or 560 Microsoft points. It features five new planets to visit, all of which can be explored with the hammerhead tank, which the Firewalker expansion pack gave us. Bioware said that the planets would be similar to the Mako missions in the first game, though much improved. They also said that the five planets will feature a plot line about experiments with Geth technology gone horribly wrong.

5/13/2010 Onlive teams up with BT
Onlive is currently in the beta stage in the United States, and the service has an official release date of June 17. The UK does not have a Beta or a release date. Today, the company came one step closer to debuting in the UK, though. They announced a partnership with the UK based Telecom company BT. BT will get a 2.6 percent share in Onlive, as part of the deal. This gives them exclusive rights to the service. Those that are not using BT will be able to order the service from Onlive.

5/12/2010 Steam for Mac goes live
Steam is finally avaliable for Mac users. The Mac extension of Valve's service went live today. At this moment in time, however, the only game that is avaliable for it from Valve is Portal. The game can be downloaded for free from how through April 24, however. The Mac Steam client launched with 63 games avaliable to it. Some of the game include Peggle Delux, Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse 1, Zuma Deluxe, World of Goo and Tales of Monkey Island season 1.

5/12/2010 Battlefield: Bad Company 2 gets co-op
It seems that the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 will recieve a major update in the not too distant future. Today, EA Games announced a downloadable content pack entitled Onslaught Mode. Onslaught Mode adds a four player cooperative mode to the game, though it was not specified if this was for online, offline or both. The Onslaught Mode pack will give you a series of maps that lets you play with up to four other people. It does not make the campaign co-op. The maps are titled Atacama Desert, Valparaiso, Isla Inocentes and Nelson Bay. The last of these will be a map that focuses on vehicular combat. It will add several new vehicles to the game as well. The pack also introduces new lighting effects to the game.

5/12/2010 Ignition licenses CryEntine 3
Last fall, Crytek announced that it was licensing out it's CryEngine 3, the engine which they are using to build Crysis 2, which is in developement for the Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. The response to this has been limited. Three companies, thus far, have licensed the game. That changed today with a major studio doing just that. Ignition Entertainment, a London based developement studio, licensed the engine for an as yet unnamed combat action-adventure game. No details on the project were released, however.

5/11/2010 Projet Natal's release window narrows
Since it's debut at the Electronic Entertainment Expo last year, Microsoft has been, for the most part, silent about their Project Natal. They gave a release date of "the holidays in 2010" and said it will have a "world premier" on Sunday June 13, the day before their press conference at this year's E3. Evidently, Microsoft considers Halloween to be part of the Holidays. Syed Bilal Tariq, the marketing manager for Microsoft in Saudi Arabia, was interviewed last night about Project Natal, and he revealed an October release date for it. "Project Natal will be launched in Saudi Arabia on the same date it will be launched in the world," he said. "That is going to be somewhere in October. We will be in a position to confirm the date after E3, which is in June. But definitely the date is going to be in October 2010."

5/11/2010 Fallout: New Vegas gets Collector's Edition
Today, Bethesda announced a collectors edition for Fallout: New Vegas. This special edition of the game will include Fallout branded poker chips and playing cards, including chips that will be themed around casinos in the game. The playing cards will feature illustrations of different characters and factions within the games world.There is also a Fallout: New Vegas graphic novel from Dark Horse Comics, which is written by Chris Avellone, the games creative director. Finally, the special edition will incude a "making of" documentary on a seperate DVD from the game. This special edition will run you $70.00 for PC and $80.00 for PS3 and Xbox 360.

5/11/2010 Cancled games get domain names registered by WB
As you may remember, last year, WB Interactive Etertainment bought Midway Games, breathing new life into the company. It seems that they are now breathing new life into dead Midway properties. They have registered the domains career-criminal.com, gauntletds.com, eclipse-vegas.com and gauntletthegame.com. Eclipse-vegas.com is the only website with content currently on it. The site has the This Is Vegas logo on it, as well as the words "coming soon." It seems that the often thought cancled open world game This Is Vegas is back on the grill, though no release date is announced. The other sites seems to suggest strongly at two titles in the Gauntlet series, one of which seems to be for the Nintendo DS.

5/10/2010 Capcom teases Mega Man Online
Capcom is coming off a poor year which saw their sales drop 73.1 persent. Two of their bigger releases for 2009, Dark Void and Bionic Commando, failed to sell well. Bionic Commando only sold a combined 700,000 units between the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. They announced their plans to rebound from this this year, and among those plans was a tease at a game they called Mega Man Online. It is not known if this is tied in with the Mega Man Universe that they registered in April, and no details were given about the game. It is a joint project between Capcom and Neowiz Games, based in Korea. It is said to be in development for the PC.

5/10/2010 Two more law suits over other OS removal
You may remember that Sony recently removed the "install other OS" option from their pre Slim Playstation 3s. Shortly there after, one lawsuit was filed against them for it. It seems that, on May 5, two more suits were filed against Sony over the removal of this feature. These new suits claim that Sony gave gamers a "Hobson's choice, or a 'choice' between two equally undesirable alternatives: Users would either lose the ability to use other operating systems, an advertised and important feature, or lose their ability to access online, Blu Ray and gaming features. On one hand, installing firmware 3.21 renders the PS3 inoperable for its use as a computer. On the other hand, failure to install firmware 3.21 basically renders a user's PS3 inoperable for it's intended purpose as a gaming and Blu-ray Disc console."

5/9/2010 Little Big Planet 2 confirmed
Rumors started about a second installment in the Little Big Planet franchise last month, when composer Christopher Leary appeared to confirm the game's existance. This confirmation, however, directly contradicted with statements made by Danny Leaver, a level designer at Media Molecule. In November, he said that the company would not want to create a sequel to Little Big Planet because it would "be the most counterproductive thing that you could do." Now, it seems that Leary was right. There will be a Little Big Planet 2. The Gamestop-owned Game Informer magazine posted a teaser for the cover story for it's June issue that promised a huge feature article on the game. The biggest argument against a sequel to the game is that it is built around the community creating the content.

5/9/2010 Darrell Rodriguez resigns as president of LucasArts
Darrell Rodriguez reign as president of LucasArts has proven to be a short one, as he announced this week that he is resigning. He joined with the company in April 2008, giving him just a two year run. His replacement has not yet been named, but LucasArts says that no one else from their executive team is following him out the door. They went on to say that this is not going to effect their development cycle. During his time as president, the company launched their best selling series Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. The second game is expected to come out later this year. They also published Fracture by Day 1 Studios, a reboot of the Monkey Island series and Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings. Finally, they announced the Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO with Bioware.

5/7/2010 Final Fantasy IX confirmed to be coming to North America
You may remember that, last month, this site announced that Final Fantasy IX would be coming to the Playstation Network in Japan. At the time, there was no announcement for North America. That changed today, however, when Square Enix announced that they would be bringing their Playstation one classic Final Fantasy IX to North America once again via the Playstation Network. The publisher had previously brought Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VIII to the Playstation Network for gamers to experience again or for the first time. It comes as no surprise, then, that the third installment in the Final Fantasy series for the PS1 would eventually hit the PSN. There is, currently, no release date for it.

5/7/2010 Duke Nukem Manhattan Project gets a rating
In March the side scrolling spin off of the Duke, Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project, was hinted to be headed to the Xbox 360 by the Korean Game Rating Board. Today, another sign strongly suggested that the 2002 PC game would be coming to the console as it recieved a rating from the Entertainmehnt Software Rating Board. The ESRB gave the game a rating of Mature. The game, originally developed by Sunstorm and published by Arush in 2002, recieved the rating for it's blood, violence and gore. Microsoft is yet to make an official announcement on this, but it seems that the cat is already out of the bag. Expect to be playing as the Duke in HD on your Xbox 360s in the future.

5/7/2010 Resident Evil 5's producer steps away from the series
Jun Takeuchi, who was the producer for the fifth installment in the Resident Evil franchise, has said that he wants no part in the next installment, even though it is not even officially announced yet. "Personally, I don't think I'm gonna deal with Resident Evil 6 at all," he told Xbox 360 World magazine. "As far as the series is concerned, I'm not planning to teturn until at least two more olympics have passed!" When asked why he was stepping away, he said that it was difficult to follow Resident Evil 4. "Yes, it's true we did feel extreme pressure--and Mikami-san's shadow--after Resident Evil 4. However, because we were creating the sequel to this huge franchise, we wanted to make our fresh direction clear."

5/6/2010 Cryptic will be revealing their next MMO this summer
Cryptic Studios has been busy lately, with the release of two major MMOs as of late. They have put out both Star Trek Online and Champions Online. They are not stopping there, however. Design director Bill Roper says that the game company plans to announce another MMO this summer. "I can't speak to the specific of what we're doing, but it's true that we have another game in the works," he told MMORPG.com. "We won't be making an announcement until late summer, and we're still a ways off from launch. I can say that this is a game and a franchise we're very excited about. I think people are going to be pleased and a bit surprised with what we're doing in terms of the game, how we make it , and even how we sell and support it. The game is being developed around new design principles merged with cryptic's community first approach to ongoing development."

5/6/2010 Civilization V coming to Steam
With the fifth installment in the Civilization franchise, 2K Games and Firaxis are promising big changes. Among these changes is the inclusions of Valve's Steamworks functionality. With Valve's developement tool, the game will have things such as auto updating, achievements, downloadable content and multiplayer matchmaking. That is not all, however. Today 2K Games and Valve announced a special Digital Deluxe Edition of the game only avalaible through Steam on PCs when it ships out this fall. If you purchace the game through Steam, you will gain access to the Babylonian civilization, led by Nebuchadnezzar II. It also comes with a behind the scenes at Firaxis feature video and a digital copy of the games soundrack. Those who preorder it through Steam will be treated to a preorder bonus called the Cradle of Civilization Map Pack: Mesopotamia.

5/6/2010 Monopoly spin off announced
Electronic Arts owns the rights to the video game arm of the Monopoly franchise and have been putting it to good use since they aquired it in 2007 by making various faithful video game adaptions of it. They are doing something different this time, however, with their upcoming game Monopoly Streets for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Wii. The game is set for release this fall and will reimagine the classic board game as "a fully dynamic living 3D world that continuously evolves." EA has not specified what this means, but they said that players will be able to "experience the game at street level." Player headquarters will reflect their performance in the game. It will allow you to tweak and save their own "house rules." On the Wii, you will be able to play as your Mii. Likewise, Xbox 360 players will be able to play as their avatars. The game will have online multiplayer with local, national and global leaderboards and downloadable content is promised. Ridley Scott is supposed to be working on a movie adaption as well.

5/5/2010 Medal of Honor gets release date
The Medal of Honor reboot, which takes the series into modern times and features a conflict in Afganistan, officially has a release date. The game is set for October 12 in the United States and October 15th in Europe. This allows it to compete directly with it's biggest compettition, Call of Duty. Its latest game is being released just a month later in November. For Medal of Honor, EA is working directly with Tier 1 Operatives, whose real life experiences are providing the basis for Medal of Honor's story, though it will be fictional. Fans of Battlefield will be glad to know that EA DICE is working on the multiplayer for this highly anticipated title.

5/5/2010 Ubisoft announces HAWX 2
Remember this site reporting that there were a couple of unnamed Tom Clancy games in the works? It would seem that the first of those two has been officially announced, and it is a sequel to their flight combat simulater Tom Clancy's HAWX. HAWX 2, which is to be released this fall, will be coming to the XBox 360, Playstation 3, Wii and PC. The game is being develiped by Ubisoft Bucharest, the same company that developed the first game. No details have been given on the game at this time, though Ubisoft did note that the game will be directly inspired by Tom Clancy's techno triller novels.

5/5/2010 BioWare testing new Dragon Age PS3 patch
Sony's latest update to the Playstation Network, version 3.3, allowed players to sort trophies and made some under the hood tweeks for future features. It also caused Dragon Age: Origins to crash frequently. Bioware has been working on a patch for it and, they believe they have a working one ready to go. They are not 100% ready to release the patch, however. It has entered the testing phase. If all goes well, it should be releases shortly. Fernando Melo, a producer at Bioware, said that there is no release window for it because it still needs to pass EA's in house certification. He did say that EA is, "aware of the importance of this and will give it priority."

5/5/2010 Two Worlds 2 gets a release date
Two Worlds 2, first announced as expansion pack to the first game, has grown so large that it has become it's own game. Now, three years after it was first announced, the game finally has a release date. The game is locked in for September 14 for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC. The game picks up with the original games hero where it left off and will feature a brand new engine that is meant to enhance the atmospheric gameplay and visuals of the original. The game will have multiplayer, as well. A cooperative team of up to 12 people can loot and pillage in its story driven world. It will also feature a city builder mode, which will make high quality items that the player can use.

5/5/2010 Red Dead Retemption recieves free co-op DLC
Despite the fact that the game does not launch until May 18, Rockstar has already announced the first piece of downloadable content for their upcoming western action game Red Dead Redepmtion. The DLC will go up on Live and the Playstation Network starting in June. The DLC, titled Outlaws to the End Co-Op Mission Pack, will add cooperative multiplayer modes to the for two to four players online. It will feature six missions. Walton's Gold sees players looting a gold mine rigged to explode. The River places players on a raft headed for a rebel weapons depot. The Ammunition has players storm a Mexican army stronghold. Rockband is promising details on the other three missions soon.

5/5/2010 Battle.net to integrate Facebook
In a growing trend, Blizzard is the latest company to announce that they are integrating Facebook into their online service Battle.net. Starting with the launch of Starcraft 2, players will be able to add their facebook friends onto their battle.net friends list. Blizzard said that this was just the first step of intertwining the two and promised other facebook related features in battle.net in the future.

5/5/2010 Next gen consoles getting more Sims love
EA announced today that a MySims game is coming to something other than a Nintendo console for the first time. MySims: SkyHeroes is taking flight on the Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Wii and DS. This is not the only first that it brings to the table, however, "We are thrilled to have many first with MySims SkyHeroes, like introducing epic boss battles, cooperative gameplay missions and online multiplayer," said Sims studio general manager Scott Evans. In MySims SkyHeroes, players take control of an unknown fighter pilot as he makes a career for himself as a resistance fighter against Morcubus and his army of drones. The game will have multiplayer, but online and split screen, as well as customization that lets you choose your aircraft's colors and parts.

5/4/2010 Star Wars: The Force Unleased II gets a release date
The first Star Wars: The Force Unleashed game was released to mixed critical reception. The so so reviews did not stop the game from selling very well, however. The game sold 7 million units world wide, which was more than enough for Lucas Arts to want to do a sequel, which was announced in December. Well, that sequel has a release date now. Lucas Arts locked it down to October 26 via a post on Facebook. No platforms have been announced for the game at this point.

5/4/2010 Backgreaker gets release date
Natural Motion confirmed a June 1 release date for their upcoming game Backbreaker. Backbreaker is an unlisensed football simulation game for the Playstation 3 and the Xbox 360. It is set to be released on June 1. Natural Motion is putting emphasis on the game's physics based animation. The game features a realistic simulation mode or arcade style games as well as training mini games, adjustable seasons that can be up to 32 games long, customizable teams, uniforms, logos and endzones. It will save up to 32 fully customized teams, and players will be able to take their their teams online for multiplayer matches.

5/4/2010 Gran Tourismo is 90%
Gran Tourismo 5 has had a long development cycle. It was teased at for the first time 5 years ago. Two years ago, Polyphony Digital released a massive demo for the game called Gran Tourismo 5: Prologue. Three and a half months ago, the March launch for the game in Japan was scrapped, which put the U.S. and EU launch of the game on indefinite hold. Last week, the CEO of Polyphony Digital Kazunori Yamauchi said, "Gran Tourismo 5 is about 90% finished. There are currently 140 people working on the project."

5/4/2010 2K Games officially announces Sid Meier's Pirates for the Wii
A few weeks ago, I reported on there being a Pirates game for the Wii. Now, 2K Games has officially announced it. The game will be developed by 2K China, and it sees players taking control of a pirate ship to conquer the Caribbean. The game has 27 customizable ships that players can have as they try to try toget rid of Marquis de la Montalban. It also has treasure collection and open seas to eplore. The game will feature twi Wii exclusive mini games - bombardment and lock picking as well as exclusive characters and ship[ customizations.

5/4/2010 PRo Evolution Soccer 2011 set for this Autumn
The latest game in the Pro Evolution Soccer series is set to be released this Autumn. The series has been slipping both critically and commercially in the past few years. This years game is being developed for the Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Wii and Playstatioin Portable. It will feature the current FIFA MVP Lionel Messi on it's cover. This years game will feature South America's premier competition the Copa Libertadores. It will feature expanded options for the Europa and Champions League and an increased difficulty setting. It will have new game modes yet to be revealed. Konami says the new game "will deliver a completely new footballing experinece." Improvements will include a new AI, revamped animations and greater control over the game speed.

5/3/2010 Starcraft 2 gets a release date
You had better free up some time this summer because the first installment in Blizard's Starcraft 2 trilogy of games finally has a release date. The first installment in the trilogy, titled Wings of Liberty, will see a world wide launch on PC and Mac on July 27. The game will be the Terran campaign and will feature 29 single player missions, though all 3 races will be playable in it's multiplayer. The standard version of the game will cost $60.00, but there is a Special Edition of it that comes with a 176 page art book and a flash drive that contains the original Starcraft with it's Brood War expansion pack.

5/3/2010 Sony adopts new warranty for PSP and PS3
Today, Sony announced a new optional extended service contract for their Playstation 3 and Playstation Portable platforms. Playstation 3 users can extend their warranty by one year for $44.99 and by two years for $59.99. PSP owners can have their warranty extended by one year for $29.99 or by two years for $39.99. This new warranty is avaliable for all new purchases as well as those currently under the standard free warranty. If you wish to extend your warranty, you can do so by calling 1-866-716-7669.

5/3/2010 New Wii Bundle
Following a weeks worth of rumors. Nintendo has followed through. They are launching a new bundle for the Wii. In addition to the Wii with the Nunchuck, Wiimote and Wii Sports, Nintendo will make avaliable to western players a bundle that contains Wii Sports Resort, a Wiimote and the Wii Motion Plus add on. On top of this, the new bundle will come in a new color. Nintendo is giving North Americans the choice to buy a sleek looking version of their console that is black in color. This bundle will cost $200, just like the regular one, and will launch on May 9.

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